2017 Teacher Conservation Tour Workshop Series
The Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation, along with partners from forestry professionals, timber producers and forest product manufacturers from across the state have been providing a week-long educational workshop for Arkansas educators since 1993. The Teacher Conservation Tour (TCT) has become one of the premier professional development trainings in Arkansas.
This extensive educator workshop focuses on the environmental, ecological, and economic benefits of Arkansas’s forestlands and timber industries. The sessions and onsite tours provide educators with a lot of time in the woods, learning about the interaction between forests, the environment, and the economy. Participants tour forest product manufacturing facilities, view forest ecosystems, and harvesting and replanting operations all while learning valuable information about our forest communities. Participants also meet and learn from natural resource professionals and members of the forest products industry who are in the field conducting this work on a regular basis.
What educators said about the Teacher Conservation Tour –
- This tour has significantly changed my perspective of modern forestry. It has eliminated a prejudice I felt regarding this industry. I see it as modern farming, employing conscientious control in a beneficial relationship with other ecosystems. Seeing a clear stream near a burned ploy being prepared for planting and knowing both are necessary and responsibly tended during the process had the greatest impact upon me. I no longer see modern forestry as destructive. This tour was as enjoyable as it was informative.
- I have been a teacher for 30 years. This has been by far, the best conference I have ever experienced!
- Came away with a very different view of how logging and nature work together for the good of all of us!
- Best workshop I have ever been to. Convinced me I need to continue teaching forestry and Natural Resources in my Agri classes.
- The hands-on approach and interactive activities made the learning more accessible and tangible and retention more effective. The variety of activities and the multiple levels of learning K-12 as well as the materials provided made transfer of learning more feasible and desirable. This is the way to motivate both teacher and student and peak interest in nature and man’s responsibility to it.
Although this workshop provides teachers of grades K through 12 with Arkansas Department of Education approved professional development, any formal or non-formal educator may apply for the TCT. Workshop fees are kept to a minimum thanks to generous sponsors to the program.
Historically, this has been a 5-day workshop held during the summer break but times have changed in the professional development world. The TCT has modified its agenda and schedule to accommodate these changes. In 2017, the AFAEF will be conducting a series of three 2-day workshops during the year in different regions of the state focusing on different topics. With this new format, AFAEF hopes to attract more educators from different regions of the state and meet their professional development needs without taking time away from summer breaks and school required PD trainings.
Click the following links for information about the 2017 Teacher Conservation Tour Workshop Series. The workshop announcement and application form can be downloaded below.
2017 TCT Workshop Series Announcement (PDF)
2017 TCT Workshop Series Application (PDF)
See pictures of past TCTs on the AFA Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/arkforests/albums/with/72157654504291519
If you have questions, please contact Rob Beadel at (501) 374-2441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.